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Monday July 06, 2015

AMD Cuts Revenue Estimate, Citing Weak PC Sales

It looks like AMD's stocks took a hit today after the company cut its revenue estimate to below what analysts were expecting.

Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc lowered its revenue estimate for the second quarter, below analysts' average estimate, saying the demand for personal computers was weaker-than-expected. AMD's shares fell as much as 15 percent to $2.10 in extended trading, after the company also cut its adjusted gross margin forecast for the quarter ended June 27.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL @ Technic3D

ETC.: Netgear Nighthawk X6 R8000 AC3200 @ NikKTech

Storage: Samsung 850 PRO 2TB SSD @ Legit Reviews

Samsung 850 PRO 2TB SSD @ The SSD Review

Video: BenQ XL2730Z FreeSync Gaming @ pcGameware

Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming @ Hardware Heaven

AMD Statement On Fury X Pump Noise

AMD has released a statement today regarding the pump noise of the Fury X line of video cards. The full statement reads as follows:

We have received feedback that during open bench testing a small number of Fury X cards emit a sound from the high speed liquid cooling pump that, while not loud, is bothersome to some users. While the vast majority of initial Fury X owners report remarkably quiet operation, we take this feedback seriously, as AMD’s mission is to always deliver the best possible experience to our Radeon customers.

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X customers demand and deserve the best, so adjustments in the sound baffling adhesive compound were applied in the assembly of the high speed cooling pump to address the specific sound a few end users experienced as problematic. This improved the acoustic profile of the pump, and repeat testing shows the specific pitch/sound in question was largely reduced through adjustments to the sound-baffling adhesive compound in the pump.

AMD will work with its graphic card partners to ensure the satisfaction of the small number of initial customers who observed this specific sound and experienced it as bothersome. AMD is confident that on-going production of Radeon R9 Fury X product reduces the specific sound in question, but this is also a highly subjective matter with wide differences in PC case builds and room acoustics.

The AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury X radiator fan is near silent, and this makes any sound from the high-speed pump more noticeable to some end users, especially during open bench testing. Thus although the overall sound levels are remarkably low for an enthusiast product, AMD has worked to reduce the specific sound that some customers report as bothersome.

Not up to speed on AMD's Fury X yet? Read our evaluation here.


Free Font Automatically Redacts NSA Surveillance Trigger Words

A free font that automatically redacts NSA surveillance trigger words? Why would anyone want that? It's not like I'm going to ______ a bank or _______ the president. wink

Some might see downloading this free font called Seen as the digital equivalent of donning a tin foil hat. Except that we know that security agencies like the NSA are intercepting emails and other communications, scanning for specific trigger words that this font automatically crosses out.


Amazon Is Data Mining Reviewers’ Personal Relationships

This lady seems pretty upset with Amazon but, as customers, how do you feel about this?

"We cannot post your Customer Review… to the Amazon website because your account activity indicates that you know the author," explained the response from the company. "Customer Reviews are meant to give customers unbiased product feedback from fellow shoppers. Because our goal is to provide Customer Reviews that help customers make informed purchase decisions, any reviews that could be viewed as advertising, promotional, or misleading will not be posted."


HardOCP Contracting New Video Card Editor

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NVIDIA HairWorks 1.1 Demonstration Video

This NVIDIA HairWorks 1.1 demo is pretty impressive. Make sure you watch the video all the way to the end.


Google’s Ad-Targeting System Holds Women Down

Google is so misogynistic that even its ad-targeting system holding women down. Shame on you Google! roll eyes (sarcastic)

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the International Computer Science Institute built a tool called AdFisher to probe the targeting of ads served up by Google on third party websites. They found that fake Web users believed by Google to be male job seekers were much more likely than equivalent female jobseekers to be shown a pair of ads for high paying executive jobs when they later visited a news website.


Samsung Announces 2TB 850 PRO And 850 EVO SSDs

Samsung has just announced 2TB 850 PRO and 850 EVO SSDs today. The drives aren't showing up on the company website yet so there is no pricing info yet but, according to the press release, the 2TB 850 PRO for 10 years or 300 terabytes written, and the 2TB 850 EVO for five years or 150 TBW.

Samsung, a market leader in advanced memory technology and an innovator in consumer electronics, today introduced the 2-terabyte (TB) 850 PRO and 850 EVO solid state drives (SSDs). Samsung’s 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) based retail SSD lineup now features 20 different products with a wide range of capacity options from 120 gigabyte (GB) to 2TB. Available in 50 countries, the launch of the 2TB drives addresses the ever-increasing consumer demand for high-performance and high-capacity memory solutions.

The new 2TB 850 SSD PRO and EVO drives remain in the same 7-millimeter, 2.5-inch aluminum case as their predecessors did. Equipped with Samsung’s advanced chip solutions, including 128 individual Samsung 32-layer 128Gb 3D V-NAND flash chips, an upgraded high-performance MHX controller that supports 2TB capacity, and four 20nm-class process technology-based 4Gb LPDDR3 DRAM chips, the 2TB 850 family provides industry-leading performance and power efficiency. With added capacity, professionals and consumers can experience a smoother computing environment prepared for the intense demands of rich content such as 4K UHD video editing and viewing.


‘Pirate’ Site Admin Ordered To Pay Hollywood $12.8M

If you had any interest in running a site that links to pirated content, this judgment for $12.8 million will no doubt dissuade you from following that career path. eek!

The operator of a forum which linked to Hollywood movies, TV shows, music and software has been hit with a massive claim for damages. After previously being sentenced to one year in jail, the 26-year-old must now pay Hollywood at least $12.8m plus a further $4.4m to a pair of music groups and software giant Microsoft.


Gaming [H]eadlines

New MSG 5 Trailer Tomorrow @ GameSpot

Star Citizen Executive Producer Departs? @ Blue's News

The Witcher 3 Getting 'Very Large Update' @ Shacknews

The Witcher 3 Ultimate Review @ Real Hardware Reviews

MSI Radeon R9 390X GAMING 8G Overclocking Review

If you are in the market for a cool and quiet video card with plenty of overclocking options, make sure you take a moment today to read our MSI Radeon R9 390X GAMING 8G Overclocking Review.

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We take the new MSI Radeon R9 390X GAMING 8G video card and overclock it to it fullest and compare it with an overclocked GeForce GTX 980 at 1440p and 4K in today's latest games. Find out how much overclocking the R9 390X improves performance, and which video card is best performing. Can R9 390X overclock better than R9 290X?


Uber Hires Guards In South Africa

I wonder if Uber is taking the added cost of security out of their percentage of the ride fees or the driver's cut?

Uber has been in contact with the police and deployed security to help prevent intimidation by metered taxi drivers at the Sandton City shopping mall and Sandton Gautrain station in northern Johannesburg, the San Francisco-based company said in a statement on its website on Monday.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Supermicro S5 Gaming Case @ Techgage

ETC.: BIOS Option Of The Week @ TechARP

ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Headset @ CowcotLand

Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 2TB SSD @ Guru3D

Video: XFX R9 380 4G DD @ Bjorn3D

The World's First Cloud Movie

This movie isn't playing from the cloud, it's actually playing on the clouds. cool


Doom On Raspberry Pi

Is there anything you can't do with a Raspberry Pi? big grin


Amazon's 20th Birthday Brings "More Deals Than Black Friday"

Attention Amazon Prime members, the company has just announced Prime Day. The July 15th event will have "more deals than Black Friday" so you'd have your credit cards out and be ready to shop. smile

More than 90 years ago, holiday shopping found its official start the Friday after Thanksgiving, eventually becoming Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. Over the years, Amazon has helped make Black Friday even more of a global online shopping phenomenon. Next week, Amazon turns 20 and on the eve of its birthday, the company introduces Prime Day, a global shopping event, offering more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada and Austria. On Wednesday, July 15, new and existing members in the U.S. will find deals starting at midnight, with new deals starting as often as every ten minutes. They can shop thousands of Lightning Deals, seven popular Deals of the Day and receive unlimited fast, free shipping.


New Android Malware Found Every 18 Seconds

One solution to finding this much malware, is to quit looking for it. Problem solved. wink

Wrap your mind around this statistic: A new piece of malware on the Android platform is discovered every 18 seconds. That’s at least one new malware found in the time it took me to write these opening sentences. That’s insane.


ASUS X99 Sabertooth Motherboard Review

The crew at Hardware Canucks has spent a little quality time with the ASUS X99 Sabertooth motherboard today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

The TUF Sabertooth design philosophy starts above the surface of the motherboard and works down from there. Specifically ASUS has included their iconic TUF Thermal Armor which utilizes the concept of a wind tunnel by providing direct airflow through the heat-critical components of the board.


Even Hackers Can Get Hacked

Hackers getting hacked? That has to be embarrassing.

One of the most elusive spyware and malware providers to government agencies has been hit by hackers who have turned over what appears to be most of, if not all of the company's corporate data. After apparently taking over its Twitter account, the administrative innards of the Milan, Italy-based Hacking Team was left open for the world to download.


3D Printing With Light?

So this is a pretty neat idea, don't you think so?


Petition For Reddit CEO Resignation Over 157K

I don't know about you, but I would definitely take it personally if this many people wanted me fired. wink

An online petition calling for the resignation of Ellen Pao, Reddit's interim CEO, has attracted more than 130,000 signatures, growing rapidly in the past two days since the dismissal of a key administrator at the community-curated news site.


Sunday July 05, 2015

New Zealand Makes Cyberbullying A Crime

It is now a crime in New Zealand to send a person an e-mail containing "racist, sexist, critical of their religion, sexuality or disability." On a related note, e-mail traffic is down by 95% in New Zealand. wink

New Zealand has passed a law that criminalizes one of the least desirable facets of the internet: cyberbullying. The legislation effectively prohibits sending messages to people that are racist, sexist, critical of their religion, sexuality or disability. The rest for determining harm will be if these communications were designed to cause "serious emotional distress," and if a person is found guilty, could face up to two years in jail.


If You Could See All The Asteroids Around Us

Have fun trying to sleep tonight after watching this video. It should be noted that 360° playback worked from me in Chrome but not in IE.


Gaming [H]eadlines

FF XIV OS X Pulled, Refunds Offered @ Blue's News

Fresh Prince Opening In GTA V @ YouTube

Skullgirls Devs Making New Action-RPG @ Shacknews

Skyrim Meets Dark Souls @ VG24/7

How I Met My Identity Thief

This guy has way more patience and understanding than I do. eek!

My hacker and I continued to text each other. He asked me if I’d visited India before (I had) and how my father died (he was shot) and what my company does to make money (great question!). I found out he’s learning the PHP programming language, is 23 years old, and speaks Tamil. He’s still looking for a job, and yes, he asked if I would hire him.


Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta Announced

Mojang has just announced Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta. The game will be free for those of you that already own the PC version, everyone will have to pay to play.

We have exciting news to share! A whole new version of Minecraft is on its way. This time, it’s for Windows 10 – Microsoft’s new swanky operating system that’s due for release on July 29th. We’re calling it Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta. If you’re one of the 20 million(!) players who have the PC edition of Minecraft (referred to by techy people as the Java version) you’ll be able to download Windows 10 Edition Beta from the Windows 10 store for free. Other players can get it for the paltry price of $10 during the beta period (the length of which is still being decided).


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Fractal Design Node 202 @ ocaholic

ETC.: Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex @ Legit Reviews

Gaming: Batman Arkham Knight Gameplay And Performance @ HotHardware

Saitek X-55 Rhino HOTAS System @ NikKTech

Video: XFX R9 290 Double Dissipation @ Bjorn3D

Who Owns Your Face?

This is an insteresting question. The government and most companies believe that using facial recognition in public is fine but what about you? Do you think it is okay to be scanned in public without giving consent?

In June, government talks about how best to regulate facial-recognition algorithms fell apart. But should a company need your permission before scanning your face? And does the technology really work?


Canadian Judge Rejects Request For Injunction Against Uber

Uber just dodged a bullet in Canada. After all the protests, bans, burnings and arrests, it's nice to have some good Uber news for a change.

Judge Sean Dunphy dismissed the application and said there was no evidence the company operates as a taxi broker, according to a copy of the ruling provided by Uber. "We are pleased with today’s ruling, which confirms that ridesharing is a new business model, distinct from traditional taxi services," Ian Black, general manager for Uber Canada, said in a statement.


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